Frequently Asked Questions

Frequent Questions

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Can I order samples?

Yes! We provide a free sample pack with a few randomly selected calling cards. We also include a sample printed on the upgradable, double thick, 220# (600 gsm) stock. If you'd like a specific template, let us know and we'll include it. Visit our sample page to order samples.

Do you ship outside the United States?

Yes! We ship anywhere in the world. If you live outside the U.S., a single item is shipped for a flat $25 fee and will automatically be added to your total when checking out. It's also possible the destination country will require taxes and/or customs fees to obtain your order.

I'd like to print my own design or add a logo. Is this possible?

Yes! In addition to printing the templates at Hoban Cards, we also print fully custom projects as well. If you're a designer who wants to submit a file, or a business owner who wants to print a set of cards with your own logo and design, get in touch for a quote! If you want a detailed breakdown on preparing files for our specific letterpress printing process, you can read about our capabilities.

You can see some of our favorite custom cards we've printed on our portfolio site at:

Can I add extra lines of information on the card?

Absolutely! Our templates are designed with simplicity in mind, so many of our sample photos are designed with minimal information. If you have additional information that you'd like on the card, we can add it for free – just let us know in the 'Additional Lines, Notes, or Customizations box during checkout and we'll make it happen!

What is Letterpress Printing? What makes it special?

Put simply, letterpress printing is a form of relief printing, where the text or image is on a raised surface, similar to a rubber stamp. Ink is applied to the raised surface and then paper is pressed directly against it to transfer the text/image. Despite popular belief, printing from moveable type was actually invented in China in 1041, and then again four centuries later in Europe. Today, letterpress printing is loved by many for leaving a tactile and visual impression into the paper – some call it “debossed.” Although this practice is unique to contemporary letterpress printing, it communicates an elegance and handcrafted quality that can’t be matched by any other printing method. More Details & History →

How long does it take to receive my cards?

Generally, an order of calling cards takes around 14 - 16 business days from the day of the order, until the cards are placed in the mail. If you are in the U.S., cards generally take 2 or 3 business days to arrive once shipped. If you are ordering from outside the U.S., shipping can vary depending on your location and customs process.

When placing an order, you'll be provided with an Estimated Ship Date so you can get a good idea of when they'll be arriving.

Do you sell a card case?

With each calling card listing, we provide the option to add a handsome kraft chipboard card case to your order for $10.

After testing many options we've settled on these chipboard cases because they're relatively cheap, look great, are simply constructed, and durable. Most importantly, they open up wide to add and remove cards which prevents the cotton stock from being worn. Cases that require you to slide your cards in and out vertically are not the best for thick cotton stock.

What kind of paper do you print on?

All our cards are printed on Crane's Lettra, which is a wonderful 100% cotton paper made by Crane specifically for letterpress printing. In Crane's words, "Crane's Lettra® is the only paper developed expressly for letterpress printing with a special texture that maximizes the letterpress imprint."

At Hoban Press, we've tried a variety of cotton paper and have found Lettra to be the most versitile and beautiful for calling cards and small stationery items.

Can I see a digital mockup of my card before it's printed?

Yes! When purchasing a set of calling cards or stationery, there is an option before checkout to request a PDF mockup be emailed to you before we make your letterpress plates. This will ensure the information on the card is accurate and positioned in the way you want it. The process may add a few days of production to your estimated ship date.

If you opt to not receive a mockup, we will use our best judgement to integrate your provided information into your chosen template. We've laid out hundreds of calling cards and have a great feel for what a balanced card should look like.

What are the differences between a calling card and a business card?

The differences between a calling card and a business card don't lie in the process or materials, but more in the philosophy behind them. Read More →